DPO training led by DPOs

Welcome to The DPO Centre DPO Academy – the UK’s only DPO led professional training programme that combines academic study with practical, real client experience.

In today’s data-driven world, the demand for skilled Data Protection Officers is at an all-time high.

The DPO Academy programme offers a unique mixture of online and in-person learning with live client-facing exposure.

You have the opportunity to connect with professionals from one of the largest teams of Data Protection Officers and gain essential knowledge and skills.


  • 12-month earn-as-you-learn programme
  • Practical and academic training 
  • CIPP/E and CIPM exams 
  • Exposure to real clients from varied industry sectors
  • Opportunity to join The DPO Centre #ONETEAM


The programme is open to graduates, typically from law or business fields, and those in a compliance role looking to reskill.

If you have a passion for data protection, the dedication to meet the academic demands of this programme, and you’d relish the opportunity to join The DPO Centre #ONETEAM , we’d love to hear from you.

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The DPO Centre DPO Academy
DPO Academy Workshop


The DPO Centre Academy programme is an earn-as-you-learn DPO training opportunity. A unique blend of theory and practice with all the essential tools for a successful career as a data protection professional.

You will gain hands-on privacy experience and develop your skills whilst being employed on a fixed-term contract.

The programme has been meticulously designed to provide the most comprehensive education in data protection and privacy. Soft skills training is also included, covering important DPO competencies such as communication, meeting etiquette, and time management.

Core elements

  • Online modular learning
  • Trainee shadowing period
  • Mentorship from experienced DPOs
  • Collaborative learning with cohort and industry experts
  • IAPP industry recognised CIPP/E and CIPM qualifications

The details

  • Fixed term employment contract with benefits
  • 37.5 hour week
  • £25,000 per annum paid as a monthly salary
  • Online module learning and self-study requirements
  • Monthly team meetings in locations across the UK


The DPO Centre Academy programme includes an extensive range of academic and practical activities, delivered through a blended approach of online learning, hands-on training, and group collaboration.

  • E-learning modules with assessments
  • Face-to-face workshop sessions with experienced DPOs
  • Virtual support from academic tutor
  • Peer support and interaction through forums and groups
The DPO Centre DPO Academy Online Programme Delivery


The DPO Academy programme is structured into modules, with content divided into weekly topics.

To foster a collaborative learning environment, each module is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Monthly Team Meeting and Workshops

Team meetings are held once a month and are mandatory for all members of our #ONETEAM. Led by our POD Leaders and attended by our experienced team of DPOs, these important face-to-face workshops provide learning from real-world privacy issues by diving into the challenges faced by organisations and discussing the options for solutions.

You will be required to travel to the closest team meeting within commuting distance.


The DPO Centre Academy programme has been carefully designed by The DPO Centre team  and covers the fundamentals of data protection, operational life cycles and beyond.

Soft skills, including teamwork, client communication, problem solving, and time management are developed throughout the programme as part of the co-operative learning environment.

The modular learning approach, combined with ongoing assessments, allows trainees to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for success in a DPO role.  

Fundamentals of data protection

Fundamentals of data protection

  • Data protection past, present and future 
  • International data regulations, data principles and processing criteria 
  • Supervisory authority enforcement and case law 
  • GDPR violations  

Privacy frameworks and operational life cycles

Privacy frameworks and operational life cycles

  • Building a record of processing activities (RoPA) 
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) 
  • Legitimate Impact Assessments (LIAs) 
  • Security practices and physical assessment reports 
  • Privacy by design and tracking technology 

Tracking and managing

Tracking and managing

  • Managing vendors 
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • What happens when things go wrong? 
  • Retention Schedules 

Role and responsibilities of a DPO

Role and responsibilities of a DPO

  • What, when and why of being a DPO 
  • Client relationships 
  • Personal data management 
  • Rights obligations and privacy requests 

Developing a privacy framework

Developing a privacy framework

  • Creating a baseline 
  • Privacy Assessments and audits 
  • Creating a privacy programme and framework 
  • Communication is key

Reviewing and auditing

Reviewing and auditing

  • Considerations, auditing and risks 
  • The DPO Centre frameworks 
  • Audit and application 
  • Putting it all together 


All assessments must be completed within the programme deadlines. Failure to submit work or achieve the required pass mark may result in a programme placement being revoked.

Following successful completion of the academic curriculum, trainees will be required to sit the CIPPE and CIPPM exams.

Formative assessments

Formative assessments

  • Self-test questions
  • Assessed and non-assessed exercises

Summative assessments

Summative assessments

  • Individual oral presentations
  • Written assignments
  • DPO mentoring reviews

Final exams

Final exams

  • Industry recognised qualifications
  • IAPP CIPP/E and CIPM certifications
  • The global standard certifications for privacy professionals


The DPO Centre Academy seeks to provide the most comprehensive vocational training programme for a career as a Data Protection Officer, with the additional opportunity for successful trainees to join The DPO Centre’s  #ONETEAM.

Organisations across all industry sectors are facing the challenge of keeping up with ever-evolving data protection legislation. The DPO Centre Academy programme provides the depth of knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in a commercial environment.

The DPO Centre sets high standards and our #ONETEAM philosophy, which is a fundamental element of our success, distinguishes us from our competitors. We know what it takes to be an outstanding DPO.

The DPO Centre DPO Academy

What you can expect from The DPO Centre Academy Programme:

  • To learn from one of the largest teams of expert DPOs
  • Exposure to real world privacy challenges
  • A rigorous programme with in-depth vocational learning


We are looking for committed individuals with the necessary drive to succeed.


  • Organised, with the ability to manage and prioritise tasks from multiple sources
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a keen eye for detail
  • Well presented, with a professional attitude


You will be computer literate, with demonstrable experience of organising, prioritising, and planning. You must enjoy working as an integral member of our team, but also capable of managing your own workload to deliver high quality assignments that meet expectations and deadlines.

Primarily, The DPO Centre is a customer-driven service business. We operate a relaxed and sociable environment, whilst being committed to delivering the highest standard of client care. We seek proactive, motivated and confident team players, who are passionate about what they do.

We succeed because we are #ONETEAM


The ideal applicant 

  • Honours law degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent experience in an organisation with a link to a DPO type of role (e.g. Compliance Management, Information Governance etc.)
  • Can communicate fluently in both written and spoken English
  • Ability to travel to monthly team meetings and also attend occasional company events
  • Passionate about data protection 


English speakers 

Before being considered for the DPO Academy programme, applicants must demonstrate sufficient English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In most cases, previous academic qualifications (which should prove at least two years’ recent study at a UK/English speaking institution) will be sufficient.

If applicants are unable to supply suitable evidence, they will have the opportunity to take the IELTS test to prove capability. Students will need an IELTS score of at least 7.0 overall, with a score of at least 6.5 in each part. This will need to be funded by the student.


Please note: We cannot accept applications from individuals on a student visa as we are not a licenced student sponsor. 


Career progression

There is an opportunity for selected trainee DPOs to become junior members of The DPO Centre #ONETEAM


DPO training career path


A career with The DPO Centre

  • Work with a prestigious portfolio of clients
  • Opportunity to develop sector specific expertise
  • Be part of a remarkable team that delivers the extraordinary



Applications for our September 2024 cohort are now closed.

To register your interest for future cohorts, please complete this form. 

Our privacy notice can be viewed here.


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